Tumaren Camp is a revolutionary walking safari outpost in the romantic Laikipia region of northern Kenya. Catering to luxury without compromising adventure, Tumaren Camp offers a permanent base from which to explore the Karisia Hills by foot or a lovely bookend to a multi-day, camel-supported mobile walking safari exploration. Each expedition leads travelers off the beaten path into wilderness areas inaccessible by vehicle to bring guests face-to-face with the resident wildlife, culture, and landscapes.

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At Tumaren Camp, guests have the option of choosing their own adventure, whether utilizing the camp as their primary base for exploration, or the starting point for mobile, multi-day treks into the wilderness. If staying at Tumaren Camp, guests have the benefit of Samburu guided walks, game drives, mountain bikes, and camel rides at their disposal, as well as a permanent spot to rest their feet for afternoon tea and sundowners. Tumaren Camp originally served as the family home for owners Kerry and Jamie and is therefore spacious and furnished with all of the personalized details and comforts that cannot normally accompany a mobile walking safari.

Mobile trips from Tumaren Camp, however, offer a completely different and more authentic walking safari experience. Riding camels accompany walkers and act as the ‘beasts of burden’, carrying all of the equipment, tents, luggage, and food to each campsite along the way. Camps are either classic or luxury in style, depending on the traveler’s preference. Classic camps utilize large dome tents outfitted with bedrolls, comfy king size mattresses, duvets and pillows, solar lighting, warm bucket showers, and private toilets, while luxury camps carry with them an extra air of elegance in the form of luxury bedding, dressing gowns, director’s chairs, and complimentary spirits.

Each day on a Tumaren walking safari is different from the next. Activities focus on exploring the area on foot, accompanied by Samburu guides and trackers, as well as trusty camel transports. Away from roads and vehicles, guests have a unique opportunity to take in the wide-open spaces and wildlife that Laikipia is famed for, especially the heavy populations of eland, steinbuck, giraffe, Grevvy’s Zebra, and elephant. Lucky visitors may even see spot a few local lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs. Children especially love Tumaren walking safaris, as it allows them to be outdoors all day, riding camels, fishing, swimming, climbing rocks, and learning about the local ecosystems and traditions from Laikipia Masai trackers.

After a morning exploration, guests will find camp set up and a hearty lunch waiting for their arrival. All meals are served alfresco under the shade of a tree or beneath the stars and feature home-cooked dishes impressively prepared in the camp’s tin box oven. After lunch, the normal routine involves resting, reading, and games of badminton before setting off on a late walk in search of the perfect sundowner spot. On a Tumaren walking safari, under the African sky amid the wild animal calls, memories are made to last a lifetime.

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